Monday, October 21, 2013

So Much Vanity...

So this mush be what people did in the 60s and thought of it as super groovy DIY painted furniture... I guess? It's rather... shockingly green, if you ask me. I actually had a neighbor come by and see it and she fell in love with it - just the way it was. Nope. I can't live with that on my conscience.

So, hubby sanded it and it was black underneath and I painted it plain white. And hated it. It was so plain looking. And the surface underneath was so uneven it really showed...
I dithered for a few weeks about it and then stripped the whole thing back down so it was smooth, and I happened upon this pot of "oops" paint sample in a really pale pink and I jumped all over it.
When I first painted it my husband didn't believe it was pink; it's so pale. But trust me; it's a pale, pale pink.

The ice cream chair had to be sand blasted; and then I shot it with flat white Kraylon. The black and white leopard print seat gives it a snazzy modern twist...

For sale now in our shop. :)

Vanity, vanity.

Well, I'd already taken the mirror off and the drawers out before I got a "before" pic of this piece. The drawers had hideous, bulky, fake brass handles on them. They had to go.

Then I whipped up a "custom" paint color with several leftover bits of paint I had sitting around; blues, teals and whites. I bought a fifty cent pot of "oops" sample paint called "Pot of Cream" for the drawers. We filled the old holes in from the handles and bought new ones at Hobby Lobby (on sale) and I added a little flourish on the front...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Do you want a free china cabinet, they said......

My friend called me and asked me if I was interested in a free china hutch.

Well, duh!

She cleans homes in town and some of them are high end places and they occasionally ditch furniture and she hooks me up. It's kind of tall and ugly, she told me - she described it as kind of a gold finish. No prob. easily refinished. We made plans to pick it up.

We got there, and it was this.... this thing.

It was over 7 feet tall, heavy as lead, and ugly as all get out. That's a POND scene painted on the drawers. And some kind of gold spray all over it. Plus, it was not real wood - it was some kind of wood fibers, poured into molds, and then glued together. It took three beefy dudes to load it, and even then they were really struggling with it. So we got it home and it lived on my porch for a  couple of weeks. I got tired of people stopping and asking me about it, and friends and neighbors seeing it and commenting about it all the time... it had to go, it was a real "attention - getter" and I hate that kind of thing at my house! I don't want to be known as the "odd furniture assortment on the porch" house in the neighborhood.

Pond scene? Really?

It took an hour or more just to tape up all those glass door panels. Ugh. Then I decided on this paint I thought was going to be more grey than blue; but enough blue to not be totally grey.... but it turned out blue-blue. So, it is what it is. I painted the accent parts white. It looks kind of Parisian/Frenchy I think. And it requires a biiiiiig house. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to sell it. LOL
In the meantime, it looks pretty neat in the shop, it's better to get attention there than at my house!